Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Some things we did:
- Shopped at the swap meet
- Discovered the ocean's beauty at the aquarium
- Explored seven different cultures at the Polynesian Cultural Center
- Ate at a delicious luau
- Played games with Grandma and Grandpa every night
- Basked on the beach
- Hung out with endangered green sea turtles
- Golfed along the coast of the Pacific Ocean
- Rode a train
- Snorkeled in a sunken volcano
- Drove through beautiful gardens
- Ate too much delicious food
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
- Barrack Obama
I thought it was cool for a public figure to address the issue of fatherhood (or lack of fatherhood) in our society today.
I'm grateful for a father and grandfathers who were always right in the thick of it with me. I'm grateful for a wonderful father-in-law who values family and passed that onto his son. I am grateful for a husband who is respectful and nurturing to me and a freakin' fabulous father to our daughter.
Happy Father's Day
...my natural wavy hair is starting to look like this:
...everyone greets you with a big smile and a big "Aloha!"
Friday, June 19, 2009
...you stay in the rain for hours straight because the tropical showers feel SO GOOD
...you eat delicious Kalua pork at a luau
...you are constantly assaulted by cockroaches in your apartment
...McDonald's and Burger King serves pineapple with every combo meal
...you forget you're still on planet earth and that you haven't been translated straight to heaven
More stories and pictures to come. Needless to say, we're loving it!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today we had our first post-placement visit from our caseworker. It was fun to share our story and visit with Claire. She asked us some pretty basic questions like has Joci been healthy, any birthmarks, her description, how our relationship has changed, etc. Honestly the toughest question was probably saying what color Jocelyn's hair is. :)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Here is a recap of our eight years.
Year one (2001-02): Lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming and attended Western Wyoming College. I graduated with my AA and Justin graduated with his second associates degree, his AFA. As one of the few married couples on campus, we were heralded as the cool kids and we were pretty popular. We kind of took a parental roll with the other kids - making dinners, hosting parties, etc. We got Katie this year, training her to use the litter box and hiding her from the authorities.
Year two (2002-03): Moved to Moscow, Idaho, to continue our education. We lived in a horrid basement apartment below a major weird family. There were so many building violations and the place was seriously disgusting. I hated it! Justin doesn't seem to think it was so bad, but it was a dungeon lined with mold. We had a lot of firsts. My first full-time job. My first time paying rent. First time with a car payment. First kidney stone and surgery. I loved my job at Harry Ritchies Jewelers which I loved and met some amazing people that I will NEVER forget - Walter Lokteff, Allison Jacobi, Kristina Ogden, Annette Douglas, and Angie Gruchalla. Justin got a job in a care facility working the the mentally disabled and that sparked his interest in the field he ultimately pursued in school. Oh, another first for me: it was the first time I hated school. I stopped going, got an F, and dropped out.
Year three (2003-04): Still in Moscow, we moved to another apartment that felt the Celestial Kingdom in comparison. It was a beautiful apartment and there are things about it I still miss. We enjoyed pretty good income with little bills. This was probably the wealthiest time in our lives (yet!) looking at our discretionary income. We first started trying to get pregnant. I still worked at the jewelry store. Justin had switched from a few different jobs and finallly landed a management position at Sam Goody.
Year four (2004-05): We decided it was time to be closer to family and we moved to Idaho Falls. Justin was still with Sam Goody and I stayed home for about six months and about went crazy. We lived in a run down apartment on 17th street that was so cold all the time. I got a job at Melaleuca and a promotion six weeks later. Justin graduated with his Bachelors in Psych and got a PSR job at his current company.
Year five (2005-06): We upgraded into a roomy apartment in Ammon in a fabulous neighborhood. There are still things I miss about that place - like our roomy kitchen, our huge bedroom, and the lovely views of Taylor Mountain. And the neighborhood was awesome! Went to Hawaii to visit my parents on their service mini-mission. Life continued...
Year six (2006-07): Time for a house! We moved to Shelley. Love the house and the area. Hate that there are no good pizza joints and our bedroom is so small to me. Got pets Piper and Gabby. Went back to school. Got promoted at work to technical writing. Justin started grad school. Went on our first cruise.
Year seven (2007-08): Promoted to a copy writer in Marketing at Melaleuca. Finished with my
Bachelor's Degree in Pscyh. Wrote my first novel. Still hoping for word from some of the agencies that are looking at it. Visited the folks in Hawaii again. Justin is a busy boy heading up the substance abuse program at work full-time and attending grad school full-time. Started fertility treatments.
Year eight (2008-09): Continued with fertility treatments but decided to pursue adoption simultaneously. Did our homestudy and got on the waiting list. Same old work stuff. Justin graduated with his Master's. Went on our second cruise. Had six months worth of crap when Justin fell asleep at the wheel and was wrongfully charged with a DUI. Months of legal hurdles, expenses, and lost wages. Matched with our birthfamily. Adopted Jocelyn.
And that brings us to now. It's been a wonderful eight years and I can't believe it has been that long! It feels like maybe 2 or 3. I wouldn't trade my time with Justin for anything in the world. He is the perfect partner for me for the rest of my life and the rest of eternity. I love you, Sweetheart.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
She cried for the fourth time today. I was putting her in the Baby Bjorn and somehow her tummy got scratched. We didn't know this at first, we just thought she started crying out of the blue and I was concerned because, well, she isn't a crier. But later during a change we noticed the scratch. I feel bad about the scratch. A couple days ago I was playing with her on the floor and she was very alert and happy. I picked up my poodle's favorite dog toy because it has a bell in it and rattled it a bit because Joci liked the sound. Dumb idea. Katie came charging from across the room and ran over Joci's face to get the toy, leaving her with a scratch on her eyebrow and startling her quite a bit. I felt horrible. Worst mom ever. How could I be so stupid? Well, apparently, I'm going to do a lot of stupid things. Everyone has told me I will. Thanks for the vote of confidence. :)
Justin's pretty sick so I've been taking care of two babies for the past couple days. It's finally stopped raining and hopefully we can get our veggie garden planted this weekend.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
(Kinda long...but you never know when they're gonna do their thing, so I kept it rolling for awhile. It might be boring for viewers who aren't grandparents, but about halfway through you can see her turn her head a couple times.)
Can you see that her hair against the carpet looks pretty orangey?
Even though Justin's birthday happened while we were in Boise, we decided to get a cake once we got home and have a song and a candle.